There's Another Reason to Stop Smoking

By: Alyson Bruner Email
By: Alyson Bruner Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Doctors now say smoking in expectant mothers is linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) in kids.

Doctors found children born to women who smoked during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing ADHD.

The study also hints -- but doesn't prove -- that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose the same risk to children.

We reached out to Dr. Robert Fern on our first alert health team to learn what he tells his patients who are soon to be moms.

"We would tell them if you are smoking, stop. If you are using a nicotine replacement use that for as short as time as possible and then also try to stop that," said Dr. Fern.

Another study shows smoking prior to pregnancy doesn't seem to boost the risk of ADHD in the unborn child.


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